I am desperate - looking for some advice. I have left messages for the rescue I adopted my dog from, as well as the Bark Busters trainer who worked with him. Perhaps other bloodhound owners can advise. I have a 4-5 year old male bloodhound (neutered) that I adopted from a rescue in December 2012. Everything we know about him is from the vet or trial-and-error as the rescue didn't know much about where he was surrendered from besides he was neglected post-divorce. He is generally pretty good and doesn't cause much trouble as long as he gets walked or to the park regularly - he does have some dog aggression and I've never owned hounds before so I have a hard time gauging when he's giving aggressive "signals" - most dogs in our neighborhood go nuts trying to get at him when we pass which I have never encountered before. He must be doing something to them off that I am not noticing (there is no raised hackles, no stiff tail, nothing). My real issue is food aggression, and I don't mean his actual bowl. He could care less if you mess with his food when he's eating as we tried this with a fake hand before adopting him. He was 20 lbs. underweight, had 3 different parasites and a double ear infection when we took him to the vet after adopting him. He's always been CRAZY for food - when we are eating, we have to confine him to a separate room or he circles the table like a shark. He still howls like he's dying, we call it our dinner music. He is also growly when approached from behind when his food is being prepared - he gets crated when it's not a 1:1 situation when he's being fed for safety reasons as I have a 4.5 year old and a 10 month old baby. However, today I had an evening appt and was eating dinner at the kitchen table while my husband played with the baby. My dog was nearby and when the baby crawled towards me, he became aggressive and nipped his forehead. There was no puncture but we are all very upset. Our trainer indicated he has to work for EVERYTHING and generally we do a pretty good job of this as he has a tendency to be dominant anyway. He's typically great with the kids, and we monitor all interactions very closely. Our former dog was a German Shepherd mix we adopted her as a puppy, she was a guard dog and aggressive with everyone but us so I think I am done adopting dogs because I am obviously doing something wrong. We've also discovered he has serious food allergies and we have tried every expensive unique protein dog food formula, the only diet that has stopped his chronic itching and constant water drinking is the Dr. Pitcairn food allergy diet of brown rice/ground turkey + supplements. Obviously, he's not a good candidate for adoption because he's so large we have to cook a huge batch of food every 2-3 days. I guess I'm looking for agreement that I need to surrender him - I can't tolerate any aggression towards the kids. Isolating him for every meal/snack with 2 small kids in the house is an enormous feat. ALSO - he cleans up every night around the high chair, I let him out after dinner when everyone has departed from the table. Perhaps this is exacerbating the problem?